Ever since Seth Rogen took off with his acting career, he’s barely had time to spend with his old pal Jay Baruchel. To make up for a lost time, Rogen invites Barchuchel to Los Angeles for a weekend to smoke weed, play games, and watch movies. The two are having a good time until Rogen suggests they stop by a party hosted by James Franco. Jay isn’t happy about it, as he doesn’t really like Franco and his guests (including Emma Watson, Michael Cera, Rihanna, and Jason Segel).
But that all becomes secondary when violent earthquakes shake the area, killing most of the party crowd. Seth, Jay, Franco, Craig Robinson, Jonah Hill, and Danny McBride are the only survivors of this catastrophe. They barricade themselves in Franco’s house and hope that the catastrophe will end quickly. But the six actors are anything but clever when it comes to their survival tactics.
In addition to the widely publicized battle between the Attack on the White House films ( Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down ), there was another battle between two similar works in 2013. The apocalypse strip This is the End competed against Edgar Wright’s The World’s End. It is also the duel between the USA and England. It is regrettable that the duel did not take place in Swiss cinemas, but in the case of This is the End it is bearable. Because the little buddy film by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen is more for a cheerful beer evening at home.
This is the End, which is based on the short story Seth and Jay vs. the Apocalypse, is definitely a matter of taste. The humor is completely gaga and often just off the mark. Every successful joke is followed by a stupid one, which keeps the fun from coming. In any case, Rogen and Co. have used their freedom of fools and prove this with the ingenious ending. Rogen and Co. still clearly lose the direct duel against their British colleagues because of the lack of a real story.